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Samsung NP300E5A


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Samsung NP300E5A laptop.

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For full specifications see the Samsung NP300E5A specifications page.

NameSamsung NP300E5A
ProcessorIntel Core i3-2350M Processor, 2.40 GHz, 3MB L3
Intel Core i5 Processor 2,450M (2.5GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
NVIDIA GeForce GT520MX (NVIDIA Optimus technology)
Network10/100 Ethernet
Intel 802.11 abg/n

Linux Compatibility

ScreenWorks, some issues are present, fixableScreen starts flickering on idle (this can be fixed by editing grub, see below) or when you try using Fn Lock brightness keys; It causes terrible freeze, you can't even acces the terminal; It's fixable
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
BluetoothWorksSometimes, you'll have to restart bluetooth service to turn it on.
Card ReaderNot Tested
Touch PadWorks


Fn Lock keys

KeyDoes it work?Comments
F1 - Samsung Easy SettingsNoI don't know if you have this, it's Windows app, shipped with laptop.
F2 - Brightness upNoflickering, total freeze
F3 - Brightness upNoflickering, total freeze
F4 - Switch screensNot tested
F5 - Disable touchpadWorks
F6 - MuteWorks
F7 - Volume downWorks
F8 - Volume upWorks
F11 - FanNo
F12 - WirelessNo
Insert - Print ScreenWorks

I had serious issues with screen brightness, the flickering on idle interrupted my Ubuntu installation twice. Without the tweak mentioned below any attempt to change brightness will result in backlight flicker and possible display freeze. In “Brightness and Lock” settings(in GNOME/Unity) disable “Dim screen to save power”. Remember to disable it again after completeing the installation.

After you install Ubuntu, you'll have to edit the GRUB config file. Here's how:

Open a terminal and type:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Find the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”“ and add this between quotation marks: acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor

Save the file, and update grub (in terminal):

sudo update-grub

Restart your computer.

The display freeze issue should be fixed now, however you'll only be able to adjust the first two or three brightness levels, if you try to increase brightness further backlight will start to flicker again, display shouldn't freeze anymore though. You can adjust brightness using the following command:

sudo intel_backlight xx

Where xx is your desired brightness level (in %).
If you would like to be able to control brightness the usual way you can use this script:

backlight=$( sudo intel_backlight | tr -d "current backlight value: %" )
if [ "$1" = "up" ]
(( backlight=$backlight+11 ))
sudo intel_backlight $backlight
elif [ "$1" = "down" ] && [ $backlight -ne 0 ]
(( backlight=$backlight-9 ))
sudo intel_backlight $backlight

For this script to work properly you should enable passwordless sudo for intel_backlight on your user account.
To do this use visudo, in terminal type:

sudo EDITOR=gedit visudo

You can replace gedit with any editor you like or skip the EDITOR variable if you're fine with vi.
Now that you are editing the sudoers.tmp file append the following line at the end:

user ALL=NOPASSWD:/usr/bin/intel_backlight

Make sure to replace user with your own username.
Save the script with whatever name you like(for ex. brightness) and copy it to /usr/local/bin. Now you can adjust brightness using 10% increments with:

brightness up


brightness down

to increase or decrease brightness accordingly. You can also assign brightness up and brightness down to keyboard shortcuts of your choice.

Restarting bluetooth service


sudo service bluetooth restart



JL, 2015/03/09 03:52

samsung np300e5c is not listed, using fedora 21 everything works perfect, very smooth, i wished it had a greater video resolution max is 1366 X 768, but is not because of linux, it is because intel. The number pad now and then goes off by itself, i have to press the num lock key to activate it. This is about it so far the only issues.

Highly recommend it with fedora 21. Everything works perfect! no need of windows at all for nothing.

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